The University of Calgary’s Student’s Union made a decision Tuesday night to strip a campus club of its recognition and funding.
The decision was provoked by trespassing charges laid to the Campus Pro-Life group earlier this month after its refusal to remove graphic posters comparing genocide to abortion. Club members said they were just exercising their right to free speech.
“They haven’t even provided us with a specific violation that we’ve committed,” said Alanna Campbell, pro-life group treasurer. “We were hoping our Student’s Union would stick up for their student’s rights and freedoms, but they are obviously not going to.”
Campbell confirmed the group would no longer be able to access funding.
The club plans to make an appeal to the Student’s Union within the allotted five days.
Gerald Gall, a law professor at the University of Alberta, said the Student’s Union should have waited for the court case’s verdict on Feb. 27 before making its own.
“They’re innocent until proven guilty — it’s as simple as that. They should have just been patient and waited to see what happens in the criminal process.”
The Student’s Union did not return calls by press time.